The AM feedstock comparison.
The AM feedstock comparison.

Market analysis company IDTechEx Research has released a summary that compares the advantages and disadvantages of different feedstocks used in additive manufacturing (AM).

According to the company, metal powders are the most common feedstock used in metal additive manufacturing but there can be issues with regards to rate, scale, cost, and other factors like safety, re-use, and supply chain maturity. As a result, wire feedstocks are gaining more traction in the market, IDTechEx said.

This story uses material from IDTechEx, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.